Brought to you by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
It’s been a challenging year.
The pandemic, numerous lockdowns and the resulting challenges at home and at work have affected everyone’s mental health in one way or another.
Even if you never experienced anxiety, stress or straight-up exhaustion before Covid-19 swept the globe, it’s entirely understandable if you’re not quite feeling yourself lately – and it’s much more common than you think.
If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that talking about how you’re feeling is the first step to understanding what’s going on.
A good chat with a friend or partner can work wonders, but if you’re looking for usable tools and a discrete, experienced ear, a professional therapist is your best bet.
Irish people of all ages and from all walks of life have been checking in with accredited therapists throughout the pandemic using the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy website.
How does it work?
The handy search bar allows you to browse professional therapists in your area by speciality, so whether you’re seeking an anxiety specialist, a pregnancy or grief counsellor, or an expert in cancer or eating disorders, you’ll find one nearby.
The IACP is the largest and longest-standing member organisation of its kind and therapeutic services are available for an extensive range of problems, illnesses and situations, so you never need to worry that your therapist hasn’t encountered your issue before.
You can expect the full attention of a friendly, approachable professional. Plus, with phone and video appointments available, you don’t even need to leave the house to seek the best advice for feeling better.
40 years of reliable support
Celebrating its 40th year in 2021, the IACP prides itself on providing reliable and credible support of the highest standard. This means that IACP accredited therapists are appropriately qualified and competent professionals. They are bound by a Code of Ethics and must participate in continuous professional development, so you can rest assured your IACP therapist is fully qualified to support you.
“For many, mental health issues are a part of daily life. Where there is a reluctance to speak about mental wellbeing this can cause delays or prevent people from seeking help,” said IACP Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lisa Molloy.
“Marking IACP’s 40th Anniversary, our upcoming public event: Essential Conversations with IACP will highlight the fact that conversations about mental health are essential. By talking openly about mental health issues we can raise awareness, remove barriers, and create space for people to feel comfortable and supported.
“I encourage members of the public to sign up for this very special free online event, with Blind Boy as the MC, for some practical tips and open conversations on topics including parenting, body image, and sports,” she said.
Join Blindboy for an open conversation about mental health
On Friday, May 14th, 2021 Blindboy will MC an online event promoting the positive benefits of counselling and psychotherapy on mental health through open conversation, promoting awareness, and sharing real-life experiences.
With practical advice on topics such as Body Positivity, Parenting, Sports & Mental Well-being and Inclusion & Diversity from experts in these fields, this free conference is for anyone who would like to understand a bit more about counselling and psychotherapy and their role in mental health and wellbeing, overcome stigma and learn practical tips on integrating positive mental health into their daily lives.
You can join the event via Eventbrite and tickets are free.
If you are over 18 and would like to speak to a professional you can log on to iacp.ie where you will find over 2,500 trained and accredited therapists based nationwide. Many IACP therapists are working via phone/video call and can talk to you today.